KEYSTONE, COLORADO: McAfee's chief technology officer has predicted that companies will begin offering trusted identity-as-a-service within a decade.
Scott Chasin said in a keynote address to the Cloud Identity Summit 2011 that the current security situation is becoming unsupportable with the increasing use of cloud technology.
The amount of data in cloud systems is predicted to exceed 35 zettabytes by 2020, he said, and current reactive security services cannot cope now let alone in nine years' time.
Chasin explained that the problem is a lack of clear and effective identity management. As security companies move to using blacklisting and whitelisting, an additional factor is needed, and this comes from social networking.
Sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have shown that people are capable of building their own trust networks and this needs to be extended into the identity sphere, either among individuals or as a paid trusted identity-as-a-service offering.
"We now have this dataset of a global relationship map. The entire world is mapping relationships. It's only a matter of time before business follows suit," he said.
"The convergence of mobile, social networking, cloud and IT consumerisation will lead to a trust management ecosystem, with third parties brokering the service. And this will happen in the next decade."
Chasin argued that marrying security technology with the kind of social networks currently being built by consumers could allow a third-party provider to assign risk to electronic communications much more effectively, and make significant inroads into protecting data in the cloud.
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